Friday, December 14, 2018

Reader's Diary #1985- Luke W. Molver: Shaka Rising

Usually when I think of a graphic novel as being uneven or inconsistent, I mean the art is good but the story is not or the other way around. In the case of Luke W. Molver's Shaka Rising, I feel the art is uneven and the story is uneven, both have their good and bad points.

In terms of the story, I was quite drawn to the plot of the Zulu warrior and his rise to the top. There were age-old, world-wide themes of ambition and jealousy that in reminding me of Shakespeare and the Bible made me reflect upon how we're all very much the same, warts and all. But then, the South African setting and Zulu culture elements made it so unique.

Those were the story's positives. Then the dialogue was so stiff and preachy. If it was in a film we'd mock it as Oscar bait. Every single line was meant to be profound as if important people can never have a goofy moment of relaxation.

The art? I quite liked the choice of colours, but they were applied with a computer-aided spray paint technique that I've never enjoyed. And body movements and positions looked rigid.

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